Ariane 5’s initial launch of 2015

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An Ariane 5 has carried off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana and delivered dual telecom satellites into their designed orbits.

On 26 Apr 2015, Ariane 5 moody VA222 carried off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered dual telecom satellites, Thor-7 and Sicral-2, into their designed orbits. Copyright ESA

On 26 Apr 2015, Ariane 5 moody VA222 carried off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered dual telecom satellites, Thor-7 and Sicral-2, into their designed orbits. Copyright ESA

Launch of moody VA222 occurred on 26 Apr during 20:00 GMT (22:00 CEST, 17:00 internal time).

Thor-7, with a mass of about 4590 kg and mounted in a top position atop Ariane’s Sylda dual-payload carrier, was a initial to be expelled about 28 mins into a mission.

Following a array of browns tranquil by Ariane’s computer, a Sylda structure encasing a 4365 kg Sicral-2 was afterwards jettisoned. Sicral-2 was expelled into a possess send circuit about 6 mins after a initial satellite.

Thor-7, operated by Norway’s Telenor Satellite Broadcasting AS, will be positioned during 0.8°W in geostationary orbit to broach high-performance Ka-band communications for a nautical sector. Thor-7 also has a Ku-band cargo for promote and radio services in Central and Eastern Europe. The satellite has a pattern life of about 15 years.

Sicral-2, operated by Italy’s Telespazio, will be positioned in geostationary circuit to yield vital and tactical telecommunications links for French and Italian troops forces, as good as haven ability for other NATO nations. It has a pattern life of 15 years.

The cargo mass for this launch was 9970 kg. The satellites totalled 8955 kg, with cargo adapters and carrying structures creation adult a rest.

Flight VA222 was a 78th Ariane 5 mission.

Source: ESA